Aide et Action does not specialise in ‘emergency’, but the fact that solidarity lies at the heart of its action means that it cannot stay deaf to emergency situations, particularly when they hit partner populations.
Over the last decade, we have noticed an upsurge of emergency contexts in our countries of intervention: earthquakes in China, flooding in Senegal and Madagascar, political and social crisis in Mali… And let us not forget another, less visible threat, with potentially serious impacts over the long term: climate change. By affecting climate as a whole – ecosystems, states’ financial resources with consequences for access to food and health – climate change has a considerable impact on education.
Aide et Action has honed an approach linking solidarity in the first phrase of emergency with accompanying populations in identifying and launching reconstruction and risk prevention projects. On that last front, Aide et Action has relied on community capacity building from the conviction that local communities are best able to identify risks and to know what to do in emergency situations. We also rely on the commitment of youth and children, who tend in this context to become the most effective change agents.